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Friday, August 5, 2011

Book Beginnings on Friday: The Burden of Proof


Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Katy from A Few More Pages. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

The Burden of Proof by Scott Turow

"They had been married for thirty-one years, and the following spring, full of resolve and a measure of hope, he would marry again."

I understand why authors like to give this kind of foreshadowing up front, but I found it awkward. I had to read the sentence about 3 times before I could even decide if it meant that he and his wife were going to have a recommitment ceremony, that kind of thing (no) or if he was remarrying someone else (yes). So I don't think this is very effective.

6 comments:

Christy said...

Yeah, I had to read that line twice. The way it's phrased makes it seem like the first marriage is still continuing somehow.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

You're right...it is a bit confusing.

Loved the book, though (and the movie!).

Here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

The Book Gatherer said...

Oh that's a bit of a tough one to work out - especially on a Friday morning. I think I'd just ignore the opening and carry on reading rather than trying to make sense of that line!

http://thebookgatherer.blogspot.com/2011/08/book-beginningson-friday.html

Sherrie said...

Hi!
His wife has passed away and he's remarrying again. That's what I got from it. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books

Jennifer said...

That is confusing. I think sometimes authors really try to make a "wow" first line. Sometimes, though, simplicity is key.

Tea said...

I do like the opening sentence. Makes me wonder what happened to end those thirty one years.